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Gender: F Meaning of Doris: "gift of the ocean" Origin of Doris: Greek

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Doris had long been on our so-far-out-it-will-always-be-out-for-babies list, and seemed to be written there in indelible ink. But there are signs of a sea change, that Doris could profit from the revivals of Dorothy and Dorothea.

She may not look it now, but Doris was considered the paragon of grace when she was part of a group of s-ending names (Phyllis, Frances) fashionable in the 1920s, and it got another shot of life when attached to the perky Doris Day in the fifties. In classical Greek mythology, Doris is the daughter of Oceanus, god of the sea, who gave birth to fifty golden-haired sea nymphs.

Famous People Named Doris

Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff), American actress and singer
Doris Lessing (born Doris May Tayler), British writer
Doris Roberts (born Doris May Green), American actress
Doris Kearns Goodwin, American historian and biographer
Doris Cellar, musician from American band Freelance Whales
Doris Poppet Deakin, sister to Louis Tomlinson of British boy band One Direction
Valerie Doris Gresham, daughter of American singer Solomon Burke
Doris Troy (born Doris Elaine Higginsen), American R&B singer
Doris Hart, American tennis player
Doris Duke, American tobacco heiress
Doris Okada Matsui, U.S. Congresswoman from California
(Hessy) Doris Lloyd, English actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Doris

Doris, the evil bowler hat from Disney's "Meet the Robinsons"
Doris Thatcher, character in movie "Hot Fuzz"
Doris, Oompa Loompa from movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
Doris Vinyard, character from movie "American History X"
Doris Lydon, character from TV series "American Gothic"
Doris Walker, character in 1947s "Miracle on 34th Street"

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